Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I have seen other people on all kinds of blogs getting awards and wondering how it worked. Now I have one, too. (This cheered me up no end on a grotty January day, feeling very sorry for myself with a gruesome-looking foot now the dressing is off.)

Thank you, the Jewellery Girl for sending it to me. Now I have to send it on, too!

The rules for accepting the award are :
  • Put the logo on your blog or within a post

  • Pass the award on to 12 bloggers

  • Link the nominees within your post

  • Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog

  • Share the love and link the person from whom you received this award

My nominees for the award are:

Saffies Blog - this blogger makes gorgeous beads and jewellery

Chelester's Beads - this lady makes lovely jewellery and is branching out on new techniques

Little Castle Designs - Sabine makes fabulous beads and lots of other stuff as well. If only I was even half as talented.....!

Bead the Change - Sarah does the sort of beading that makes me gasp because I know I'll never have the patience for it myself !

The Lone Beader - it was the poodle that did it !

Beadography - I can only admire her work - never in a million years could I do this....

Beads and more by Lois - this lady makes lovely jewellery

Beady Pool - great jewellery and that recipe for cheesey tomato spirals.......yummy!

I deleted this one from my list of nominees as she deleted my invitation from her comments !
Maybe she thought I was just spam !

Chameleon Designs - this lady makes lovely beads

Elca Designs - more gorgeous jewellery made in the north of England!

Ken Devine - I'm not sure if this really counts as craft work or how Ken will take this, sitting amongst all the ladies, but he's a painter with an ambition to paint forever in France, and a really nice guy, too.

That's the lot !!

I hope everyone is as chuffed with receiving their award as I was !!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I am confined to the sofa for a while, having had an operation on my foot. I can't sit at the table to do any beading as the foot has to be kept up.

If I had had more time to be more organised, I would have had several projects lined up to do on a beading tray on my lap but what with Christmas and everything........

I saw that Celia at Jencel had a sale on, including her beading kits so I ordered some. That was easy, then, I just tipped the beads into a bead tray, sent his nibs to get the tools and away I went.

This kit included a very pretty agate slice and all the beads needed to make the necklace. In the instructions the method for making loops was different from how I normally do them so I gave it a go and was pleased to find they mostly came out neat and evenly sized.

I made the necklace slightly shorter than intended and added a clasp of my own. I made some earrings with the unused beads.

Detail of the agate slice.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Green aveturine nuggets with green, clear and silver beads.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Another polymer clay pendant, teamed with bone, copper and freshwater pearl beads.

The beads are very tactile, somehow and the leather thong just adds a bit extra to the different textures.